Friday, May 13, 2016

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, Movement No. 8


Carry the Moon

8. Carrying and Gazing at the Moon

This is a lovely relaxing exercise when the eyes are used appropriately. Imagining a large full moon, with its alluring luminescence, promotes a a far reaching gaze when the arms are raised. Similar to the previous movement, Lifting the Sun, when done with good focus, it will lead to the eyes feeling crossed. This is due to narrowing the vision to a small area in the distance, even to a point, such as a black spot on the moon, while keeping the whole of the peripheral vision in awareness. The hands outline the span of vision to take.

Turn left:
breathe in
raise body slightly
turn body from waist towards the left
fully extend both arms up and toward left
keep elbows slightly bent
relax shoulders, elbows and wrists
move head to follow hands and gaze through them at the top as if gazing at a large full moon that has drifted up from you hands

Face front from left:
breathe out
turn body from waist back to center
sink body down with knees slightly bent
draw the moon back into you hands and carry it down in line with the thigh and move facing forward
palms will end facing each other hip width apart

Turn right:
breathe in
raise body slightly
turn body from waist towards the left
fully extend both arms up and toward left
keep elbows slightly bent
relax shoulders, elbows and wrists
point fingers upwards
move head to follow hands and gaze through them at the top as if gazing at a large full moon that has drifted up from you hands

Face front from right:
breathe out
draw the moon back into you hands and carry it down in line with the thigh and move facing forward
palms will end facing each other hip width apart


Health Benefits:

  • Recommended for arthritis for the shoulders and weakness of the lumbar and cervical regions of the back.
  • Benefits circulation and digestion.
  • Slims the waist and hips.
  • Good for eyesight.